The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on June 6, 1968 · Page 6
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 6

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Thursday, June 6, 1968
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'(Ai*.J , 1M - F*|t MM Champion In The Marciano Mold Frazier Was Hungry Kid By MURRAY OLDERMAN NBA Sports Editor PHILADELPHIA, Pa, - (NBA) - Joe Frazier would waddle down the street on Columbia North Philly, which is known as The Strip, and .'the kids would holler, "Blimp,"' and poke at his belly. Besides, he couldn't find a suit off the rack that would fit his 235 pounds, and a kid just recently off the bus from Beaufort, S. C., wasn't buying any tailor-made jobs. : - , So when Joe was 16, he wandered into the gymnasium across from the Little Harlem Bar where there was a trainer named Yancey Durham who would help him sweat off the blubber. - , ; "'. "I had, "he says, "no intention of becoming a fighter." , But in the second month of training there, Joe was persuaded to get in the ring with one of the local hotshots. "He nailed me," muses Joe, "-good. So I decided I'm gonna come back and straighten him out. And be did, which was when Yancey Durham decided to develop him as'* fighter. It wasn't easy, just as it wasn't easy when a crude ditcbdigger from Brockton, Mass., was dug up by wiiy Al Weil, had his name shortened front Rocco Marchegiano and eventually become Rocky Marciano, heavyweight champion of the world. . '. Now Joe Frazier is entitled to the same designation, at least when he visits New York, Massachusetts and Illinois, and with the same driving intensity that made Marciano, who never lost a professional fight. '.".'. .'. Joe is built about the same as Rocky and fights about the tame—on a direct, line toward the enemy, never backing up,: slinging punches with short, brawny arms from .a sblid base of thick thighs, confident in his own ability to.absorb punishment on an exchange'basis. . ] This requires tremendous physical perseverance, a devotion to training arid a ritual of self-denial. Frazier has these qualities—just as Rocky had them 15 years ago-^-and they showed in his fight against Buster Mathis, who was a formidable physical obstacle. Joe bludgeoned big, blubbery Buster as much with his psyche as his physique. He carried the fight to Buster, harried him relentlessly, threw punches in a torrent that finally discouraged Buster into dropping his guard for-the sledge-like left Hook that draped Mathis on his back in the llth round. •It wasn't pretty; Rocky's fights never were, either. But it was indomitable. • . .:• ' ' -Ilie day' they iigned to get in the ring—two heavyweights with/perfect records as pros—Frazier looked-Buster right in the eye and said, "Mathis,.you really shouldn't take the fight." ,, Buster, with his youthful entourage of managers and trainers spurring him on, puffed up and put a finger, on, Joe's chest, "I;,want you." • - f , -',V.. . V>You gonna let those young fellas fool you^.'.'.s'aM Joe, "and I'm going to knock you cold." .''"," As'he describes the confrontation, Joe Frazier comes off with-a-'bit of a swagger. Yet it isn't arrogance. He's not mucR of a talker, and he's not really interested in the machinations that lead up to championship, fights. "I don't know nothin' about the fight gams," he admits. "All I can do is fight." He is a straight-living, straight-talking man, intensely his wife and three children. With the first money he made from boxing, he took them out of the North Philadelphia ghetto, though he retains his identity with the area by continuing to train there between fights. He keeps his home life separate from his boxing life. You can see him at the gym, but you don't get into his home unless you're a personal friend. . . His affairs are managed by the shareholder group that calls itself Cloverlay, Inc., and has mushroomed in number from 40 to 500. An' original share that went for $250 is now worth $8,200. •'••." Cloverlay parcels out spending money to Joe, at a rate anywhere from $125 to $200 a week (deducated from his purses) and gives him 50. per cent of the proceeds from his fights. The corporation has already exercised the option it holds on his contract, which expires next year, and will raise Joe's cut to 55 per cent of the take. It has, in the past, provided him with bonuses, too. But he has no illusion about the philantrophy of his managing partners. ' "Cloverlay," he says bluntly, "give nothin' extra but tombstones, and you got to be dead to get one of them." Yet Joe Frazier lives with this arrangement, and he also likes his change of status on The Strip in the last 10 years. He had a symptom of it right after he became a fighter. "They wasn't going to take no chance calling me Butter Ball no more," he grins. "I had something.for them." Like a strong body and a stronger left hook. 'YOU WANT IT, COME AND GET IT' Mixed Wrestling Tonight In Hayti Danny PtBek and. Sylvia Hackney team up tonight to battle Rick Neal'and Sarah Lee 'in a mixed men 'and women tag team match at Hayti. Danny Dusek will battle Neal hi one preliminary with Miss Lee challenging Miss Hackney in another prelim. The action gets underway at 8:30 in «ie city's old post offce balding. ;.'..; ':\." '.' ': ; , TEXAS LEAGUE Jty THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Eastern Diviskto W. L. Pet. G.B. Arkansas, ... 2521 .543 — Shrtveport . 25 24 ,510 1% Memphis ... 21 26-.447 3% Dal-FW-' ..;-2130 .412 6% ' Ewtern Division J W..L..Pct..G.B. Albuquerqui 29 IT .630 - Er'Pato ....'.•»« .571 VA San Antonio .2024 .455 8 Amarillo ... 2026 .435 • Wednetday'1 Result* Arkansas 3, Dallas-FW 0 Sh'reveport 7, Memphis- 2 San Antonio 2—1, Albuquerque 1-4) •'..' Amarillo 8-7, El Pa» 1-1 Tod»y'»G»m*i ' Albuquerqu* it Sin Antonio El Peso at Amarillo Arkansas at Dallas-Fort Worth Memphis at Shreveport ,. HONOLULU '.'- Roberto An- jdrade, IZSVt, Philippines, out- pointed Frankie Crawford, 125, Los Angeles, 10. TOKYO - Fighting Harada, 126, Japan, outpointed Dwight Hawkins, 124, Los Angeles, 10. Arkansas State Is Beaten By Frank Ellis Courier News Sports; Editor , , Arkansas .State'.University's baseball team faces a. db-or-die situation-today.. •': \ - ; . Playing • in•': the four-team NCAA College Division World Series at Springfield, Mo., the Indians find themselves in the loser's bracket as they face Chapman College of Orange. Calif., this afternoon in the double-elimination tournament. The Indians lost yesterday to Delta State, 3-1.. Doug Grantham pitched four-hitter and scored whal proved to be the winning run in subduing Coach J. A. (Ike) Tomlinson's nine. .... * * * Today's foe is Long Islanc University, the nation's number-one ranked small college team. Chapman upset the LIU squad, 11-8, in the series opening game. The Deltans and Indians each scored in the first inning. Thereafter neither Grantham nor Rusty Bourg allowed a run till'the eighth frame. With one gone, Grantham Mr. Sudden Service Says: For Top Cotton yields side dress your cotton now with FASCO CHEM-PLEX LIQUID FERTILIZER Sold By FARMERS SOYBEAN CORP. "THE HOME OF SUDDEN SERVICE" Ely. Phone PO 3-8191 EVERY SUNDAY NITE Time Trials 6:30 — Races 8:00 Come see the excitement! Drivers from all over the Mid-South driving both class "A" and "C" cars. OSCEOLA SPEEDWAY INTERSTATE 65 AT HI-WAY 140 Osceolo, Ark. CONCESSION OPERATER BY THE BLYTHEVILLE JAYCEES slammed a double. • Bourg then gave up his first two walks of the game to load the sacks. , ^ ' . A strikeout followed but Jim Whitehurst lined a hit to right sending Grantham and John Smillie home. In the last of the ninth, Jim Callaway reached second on an error. Jim Mueller sent him to third with a ground out before Wayne Pitcock fanned for the fourth straight time. Blytheville's Stan Williams kept hopes alive by working Grantham for 'a walk. Steve Morrison, howeyer, grounded out to second to end the game. . \ . • ...;'...( ":• >\. . * .'. t ,.•,.,..'..'. i j |v Casphs/ Oseeo/a To Play: Mustangs, Harrison! Agrico Victorious Mid-week scheduling was lighter than usual but there was still lots of diamond action yesterday. Coach Bill Beard's MUS TANGS opened play in the Tri-Courity League and did so successfully, topping Bay, 8-2 Mike, Robertson limited the Bay nine to seven hits while striking out 11 visitors, walking only three. • Don' Grisham paced the winners with a perfect 4-for-4 as Beard's men blasted 12 hits. In a Tri-County junior division tussle, HARRISON'S DRAGONS, coached by Ira Young, routed Bay's juniors, 12-2, at Soulhside Park. ,Robert Davis gained the pitching win and went 2-for-3 at bat as Attleberry. connected for a two-run homer and Cook hit a 3-run single. On Tuesday, the Dragons had tirmmed Manila, 15-2, in a practice game. Saturday, Harrison meets BAFB in a 2 p.m. clash at the Air Base. COMMERCIAL SOFTBALL saw. AGRICO maul COLUMBIA, 19-5. Buddy Haney was. the winning hurler with Mullins the loser. * * * The DUD CASON POST 24 squad is scheduled to face Newport tonight at Light Brigade Field/at 7:30. , Coach Joe Battcher has atj- nounced that his OSCEOfejf INDI \NS open their semi pro, season tonionow night 5ij? home against Capleville, Eddie Carnei is slated huU against the former Schaeffer Motors Co. phis) team Game time pm Saturday night the wiil' entertain : Lepanto. FORD COUNTRY LEADER PRANK ELLIS Mr. Ellis was the leading- used car salesman for the month of Maj'. For an outstanding deal on a new'fiS Ford, Lin- coins, Mercury or one of our recnditioned used cars see him today. LITTRELL-OZIER Ph. PO 3-4453 GOOD/YEAR SERViGf STORES REUNE Pick your price from 3 Great Safety Buys NO MONEY DOWN on our Eaav Pay Plan! PRICE BREAK SPECIAL! 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